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International Driving Permit.

Some countries require travellers to carry special driving permits in addition to their regular driver's licence. These International Driving Permits (IDP) are available in Canada exclusively at CAA Stores and are available to Members and non-members alike.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ).

The IDP is proof that you possess a valid driver's licence issued by a competent authority in Canada. It translates your driving qualifications into ten of the world's most commonly used languages, and it allows travellers to drive in over 150 different countries without further tests or applications.

NOTE: The IDP is only valid when used in conjunction with a valid Canadian provincial driver's licence.
 
An IDP provides you with an extra piece of photo identification for international travel. Plus, most international car rental agencies will request an IDP, even though one may not be required to drive in that country.

First you will need the meet the following requirements;

  • You need to be 18 years of age or older,
  • Hold a valid Canadian provincial driver's licence - An IDP cannot be issued for learners permits, provisional or suspended licences and any type of vehicle not presently covered by the same provincial driver's licence.
  • Two passport-sized photos are required - You can obtain the passport photos at any CAA South Central Ontario Stores, colour photos are available for $12.50 (Member price) or $15.50 (non-member price) taxes not included and prices are subject to change.

Due to COVID-19, we temporarily closed all CAA stores across South Central Ontario and asked all CAA Associates to work from home. During this time we will only be accepting IDP applications by mail.

Apply by mail - If you are mailing the application to a local CAA Store:

  • You must fill in the online application form then print out a copy of it
  • You must sign the application form
  • You must include two passport-sized photos
  • You must provide a clear photocopy front and back of your valid Canadian provincial driver's licence
  • You must provide a valid email address and telephone number to be used by the CAA Store to contact you for further validation
  • You will need to provide credit card payment - the CAA Store will need to contact you for further validation

Please mail to:
Attention: IDP Office
60 Commerce Valley Drive East
Thornhill, ON L3T 7P9

An International Driving Permit (IDP) costs $25.00 Canadian dollars, tax included, per IDP. This fee can be paid by cash, debit card or credit card. For mail-in applications we are only able to accept payment by credit card. Visa, MasterCard or American Express are accepted. There are additional fees to have the IDP delivered to you. CAA sends IDPs by registered mail, thus an additional charge of $12.02 (1 IDP) & $12.44 (2 IDPs) for Canadian addresses or $28.01 (1 IDP) & $29.33 (2 IDPs) for international addresses is required.

Please note: Canada Post no longer delivers registered mail to the United States; therefore any IDPs going to the US will be sent via Xpresspost Courier, which has a cost of $40.67. All prices subject to change.

Allow at least 4-6 weeks for the IDP to reach you by mail. International addresses may take longer to arrive.
  • The IDP must be issued at a CAA Store in Canada and cannot be obtained or renewed elsewhere.
  • The IDP is valid for one year from the date of issue OR until your Canadian provincial driver's licence expires, whichever comes first.
  • Your valid Canadian provincial driver's licence must accompany the IDP at all times.
  • An IDP cannot be post-dated, extended or renewed. A new IDP application form must be completed each time a new IDP is required.
  • Only CAA is authorized to issue IDPs in Canada, under an unapproved mandate. Any non-CAA issued IDP is fake, and may not protect you in a foreign country. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.